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Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist
» written by hinatasou [Discuss]
“…this thrilling, multi layered series will take the audience back to the formative years of the iconic characters, Ryu and Ken, as they live a traditional warrior’s life in secluded Japan. The boys are, unknowingly, the last practitioners of the ancient fighting style known as ‘Ansatsuken’ (Assassin’s Fist). The series follows them as they learn about the mysterious past of their Master, Goken, and the tragic and dark legacy of the Ansatsuken style. Can their destiny be changed…or will history repeat itself?” - from the official Press Release (http://www.streetfighteraf.com/)
The web series is a prequel taking place prior to the video game Street Fighter 1. Heck it’s before even Street Fighter Alpha with scenes of childhood Ryu and Ken. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of training, discipline, and katas (forms) put in to the show to highlight martial arts. The story matches tradition against the thirst for power as the characters search to unlock the secrets of the hado. Goken reminds me of Mr. Miyagi from Karate Kid. My favorite quote is Goken quoting Gen: “There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same.”
Released on May 23, 2014, I didn’t know about it until June 6 when I was doing a random search on Youtube for Street Fighter. I wish there was more advertising for Assassin’s Fist. Perhaps I’ve been away from the industry for too long. It just seems to be one of those gems that you hear by word of mouth or that will spread like wildfire on Facebook.